Parenting- “The picture of happiness.”
A perfect family sitting around a table, eating a beautifully prepared feast- fit for a king. Everyone at the table, smiling at one another in perfect harmony.
I know most of us would say "Unrealistic!" But is it really?
First of all, I know how difficult parenting can be. As you can see in the picture above, I have my own "Brady Bunch" to prove it!
We, as parents, have to be willing to put ourselves last. Willing to give up our hobbies, maybe working out, give up time with our spouses and friends.
AND I can't tell you how many times I've wished each of my kids came with a training manual.
However, we are entrusted with these beautiful children for just a quick season in our lives. It's here, and gone, before we know it. And when it is, you don't want to play the "I should have" game.
● Take the time now to "invest" in your children.
They're the best investment for your future, with guaranteed returns!
Get to know them. Take them on a one-on-one date, and actually talk to them. What do they like, what do they want to do in life? How can you help them accomplish their goals?
● Disciple your children, teaching them in patience and kindness.
The perfect picture of discipling is Jesus walking with his disciples. He talked to them while teaching them, walking alongside them through life experiences.
Disciple your children, by walking alongside them, teaching them in a loving manner.
● Love thinks before speaking, it filters words through a grid of truth and kindness.
The way you speak to your children becomes their inner voice. Their spirit is more fragile than it seems, it CAN be broken.
Make sure you're getting your point across through a filter of love.
● DISCIPLINE IS LOVE! Never discipline out of anger, always discipline from a place of love.
Children need discipline, they feel loved when they are disciplined. Kids who don't experience any discipline questioned if they’re loved.
● If you mess up, children are very forgiving. It's OK to say "I messed up, forgive me!" Children need to see us apologize!
It's good for them to see you fall down and get back up. They are a reflection of you.
● It's never too late to change.
With love, ALL things are possible.
I promise you, the love you have for your child is stronger than your bad habits; because love is the most powerful force on the planet! It's language is universal, and it's power, can pierce through the hardest of hearts.
● Love can change your relationships! No matter how many times you've messed up. Don't give up!
If you have a bad relationship with your child, you CAN change that. But you must choose to BE the change.
Lastly, change starts with you! Your "happy family" starts with you, choose love!
I'm your Mrs. International, reminding you - To choose love,